LAMBORGHINI ace Paul Stokell ended a four-year quest for the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship at a sedate 80 kilometres an hour on the Gold Coast Indy street circuit today. Stokell locked up the title for GT sports cars in a ...
LAMBORGHINI ace Paul Stokell ended a four-year quest for the Donut King Australian Nations Cup Championship at a sedate 80 kilometres an hour on the Gold Coast Indy street circuit today.
Stokell locked up the title for GT sports cars in a race shortened by accidents to only five laps, just two of which were driven at speed.
He took the chequered flag behind the safety car, but nevertheless celebrated his 12 th race win from 23 starts this season in his V12 Lamborghini Diablo and his first Nations Cup championship.
"What a way to win a championship, under a yellow flag, but I'm really happy. It's been a long and expensive haul for Team Lamborghini Australia," Stokell said.
The late-afternoon race was stopped almost immediately it started when Martin Wagg hit the wall heavily on the main straight after contact with the Monaro of Nathan Pretty.
Wagg and Sam Newman, whose Lamborghini was caught in the crash aftermath, both retired with damage.
The race lasted only two laps on the re-start before Pretty found the wall at the second chicane, bringing out the safety car.
After three laps under yellow-flag conditions, officials called the race with Stokell first, Peter Brock (Monaro) second, Peter Hackett (Lamborghini) third and John Bowe (Porsche).
Although there is a final race tomorrow, Stokell can't be beaten for first and Bowe is confirmed in second and Pretty third in the Meguiar's Drivers Championship.
Stokell admitted he would have had a tougher time winning the series if Bowe had been in his regular Ferrari, which has been sold.
"It's been hard racing and a fair bit of controversy between me and Bowe this year. I think he would have had a better chance of beating me in the Ferrari," Stokell said.
"I was a bit nervous today, knowing the championship was in the balance. I had a major brake lock-up going into ANA the first time, which almost brought me undone.
"I'm glad it's over. Tomorrow I'll just enjoy the race and then celebrate."
RESULTS (Race 2, round 8 -- 5 laps)
1. Paul Stokell (Vic.) Lamborghini Diablo
2. Peter Brock (Vic.) Holden Monaro
3. Peter Hackett (NSW) Lamborghini Diablo
4. John Bowe (Vic.) Porsche RS
5. Allan Simonsen (Denmark) Ferrari Challenge
6. Klaus Engelhorn (Australia) Ferrari 360GT